By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Iowa State has won nine of their past 10 home openers.
AMES, Iowa (KTIV) -
Underdogs in their home opener, quarterback Steele Jantz and the Iowa State Cyclones defended their home field at Jack Trice Stadium with a 38-23 win over Tulsa.
But, it didn't look good early.
After taking an early 7-0 lead, Tulsa scored 16 unanswered points to take a 16-7 into the second quarter.
The Cyclones answered with 17 straight points to take a 24-16 lead into the half and never looked back.
Jantz threw for 281 yards with two scores. He ran for a touchdown as well.
It was his poise that was most impressive Saturday.
"That's the kind of quarterback we need," Linebacker AJ Klein said. "A quarterback that's cool under pressure and can make plays with his feet, which he did. He escaped some pressure."
"I saw a very composed quarterback. I saw a quarterback making good decision. I saw a guy that had the look in his eye on the sideline," Head Coach Paul Rhoads said. "But, he's still learning. He has not started a bunch of games at this level and he's still learning. That means, there's a lot of upside."
Iowa State will travel to Iowa next Saturday for the Cy-Hawk game. The Cyclones beat the Hawkeyes 44-41. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:30 pm.
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